Roy Ito fonds [sound recording]
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Roy Ito fonds [sound recording]
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- Type of material:
- Sound recordings
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- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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- Place of creation:
- 36 audio cassettes (ca. 33 h, 5 min).
- Language of material:
- Added language of material:
- English, Japanese
- Scope and content:
Fonds consists of oral history interviews which cover the following experiences of Japanese Canadians: service in the First World War; seeking the vote and other Canadian civil rights during the 1930s and early 1940s; the 1942 evacuation of Japanese Canadians living within 100 miles of the British Columbia coast; enlistment and service in the Second World War and the post-war redress campaign. In all but one case, Roy Ito, the creator of this fonds, is the interviewer. With one exception, the interviewees are Canadian Nisei (first generation Canadians of Japanese descent) or Japanese nationals. There are also two radio broadcasts about the campaign to provide redress to Japanese Canadians by the federal government.
- Biography/Administrative history:
Ito, Roy, 1922- : Roy Ryoichi Ito was born in British Columbia in 1922. He was relocated to southern Alberta with his family in 1942, when the federal government moved Japanese Canadians from the British Columbia coast to locations inland. Shortly afterward he returned to British Columbia, to the Kaslo detention camp, to work on the Japanese Canadian newspaper The New Canadian. In September 1943, Ito moved to Hamilton to begin his post-secondary education. During his second year at McMaster University he was recruited by Captain Don Mollison of the Indian Army on behalf of the Allied war effort. Ito completed the language course at S-20, the Canadian Army Japanese Language School, before going overseas to serve with the Canadian Intelligence Corps in India and Southeast Asia. He worked as a translator during war crimes trials in Japan. After the war, Ito completed his university degree and went to teacher's college. His career as a teacher spanned more than 30 years with the Hamilton Board of Education, 25 of them as an elementary school principal. Ito retired in June 1984, but continued his involvement with the Canadian Teachers Federation Project Overseas, in which he instructed teachers. He served as a team leader for the project on trips to Africa and Grenada, to help teachers upgrade their skills. Married and the father of four children, Ito lived in Hamilton, Ontario. His book, We went to war : the story of the Japanese Canadians who served during the First and Second World Wars, was his fifth published book, the other four being social science books prepared for use in schools. He was also the author of Stories of my people : a Japanese Canadian journal, published in 1994. He died in Hamilton, Ontario on July 7, 1999. The Toronto Star, 9 July 1990, p. B6. Frape, Joanna, "Teacher Proud of Army Exploits After World War," The Hamilton Spectator, 20 July 1999. Ito, Roy, We Went to War: The Story of the Japanese Canadians Who Served During the First and Second World Wars
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(Electronic) See MISACS database for item level descriptions.
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- General Note:
- Received in 1998 from Roy Ito.
- Related material:
- See also the Roy Ito fonds held by the Japanese Canadian National Museum.
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Ordering and Viewing Options
- Conditions of access:
Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of copyright owner and the written permission of interviewees.
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